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Chicagoland: Italian Sausage Burgers

Homemade Italian Sausage Burgers
An original recipe by Ray Lampe, Dr. BBQ

2 pounds freshly ground pork
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons whole fennel seeds
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
¼ teaspoon cayenne, optional
6 slices provolone cheese
6 large burger buns
½ cup marinara

Prepare the EGG to cook direct at 400°F/204°C.

Break the pork up with your fingers into a large bowl. In a small bowl combine the salt, fennel seeds, pepper, oregano, garlic, and cayenne if you are using it. Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the pork. With your hands mix the spices into the pork until well blended. Form into six equal patties.

Place the sausage patties on the cooking grid and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown. Flip the patties and cook another 3 to 4 minutes until cooked through. Flip once more and top each with a slice of the cheese. Toast the buns lightly on the cooking grate next to the patties.

When the cheese is melted, place a patty on each bun bottom. Top each patty with a spoonful of the marinara and a bun top.

Makes 6 servings

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